Review: Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks in Manic and Rapture
So that our banner may advance?
Some will fall and some will live
Will you stand up and take your chance?
The blood of the martyrs
Will water the meadows of Fraaaaaance!
I’ll admit that I am not sure there is anything particularly revolutionary about the Urban Decay Revolution lipsticks, but I’ll never pass up an opportunity to sing a bit of Les Mis.
Urban Decay recently released 22 shades of their new lipstick formulation. Although I think their rhetoric is a bit over the top (“super creamy texture, intense pigmentation, superior color dispersion, and extended wear“), these are very nice lipsticks.
The silver tubes feel very substantial… and there are no awkward swords poking out from them anywhere! I have heard people compare them to high-end lipsticks, and I would definitely disagree with that characterization. I think the ‘swirlyness’ on the silver and the flat top for the lipsticks themselves belies the product’s pricepoint. I do definitely agree, though, that these don’t feel cheap.
I got two colors: Manic is described as a “soft wine” but comes across more as a warm, plummy red with a hint of shimmer. Rapture is a dark rose. I was going to tell you which one is my favorite, but I like them both so much that I can’t decide. Manic is the perfect “casual red” and Rapture is just dark enough to have a subtle drama, without looking inappropriate for the office.
The color was a little bit more sheer than I was expecting given that Urban Decay kept touting its opacity, but they look very nice on the lips. There is a notable glossiness to the finish. They also both stay nice and moisturizing throughout the day.
Both colors did pass the “four hours and a meal test”– with a caveat. The meal in question matters. If I eat a sandwich, for example, I am not longer wearing lipstick at the end of that sandwich.
The Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks retail for $22 for 0.9oz ($244.44 per ounce). That’s honestly quite pricey for a lipstick. MAC’s lipsticks are $15 for 0.1oz ($150 per ounce). It’s creeping up into Givenchy lipstick pricing; their Le Rouge is $36 for 0.12oz ($300 per ounce).
Are Urban Decay lipsticks a revolution? No. But they are very nice (slightly overpriced) lipsticks in fabulous colors.